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Scenes From a Terminal Illness

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At 3:30 a.m., there's no problem getting an elevator quickly at MD Anderson Cancer Center. I walked through the empty hallways with a Celsius thermometer in my pocket, not knowing anything at all about the Celsius scale except that 38 degrees marked the point at which my Dad had to go to the emergency room. [...]

Day By Day

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M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is a surreal place. Walking in the main entrance, it's not unusual to see two patients chatting in their lobby, each with their own rolling IV pole connected to an arm. More than once, I've seen someone walking out of the parking garage, rolling along an IV pole with [...]

Shipping Container Living

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Fascinating story about a woman who's leading a drastically simplified life -- in a modified shipping container house that she's customized herself -- so she can spend more time with her daughter. Gets you thinking about what's important in life, and what isn't.

Ranging Free Fridays

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I was inspired to start this site in part because of all of the beautiful and thought-provoking content created by others. The Internet, for all its flaws, has certainly spawned a revolution of self-expression, and I think our lives are richer for it. I am lucky that my job brings me into contact with some [...]

Out of my League

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If you know anything about life in a small town in Texas, you know about the central importance of high school football. Maybe you've seen the amazing TV series (which I miss desperately), or read the book, or viewed the movie. Heck, there's even an exhibit at the state history museum. Friday Night Lights, it's called. [...]

Deer in Velvet

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At my father's the other weekend, I commented offhand that we hadn't seen many bucks lately, when the subject of our local whitetail deer herd came up in conversation. What ensued was a slightly-embarrassing (for me) discussion about how one shouldn't expect to see any bucks (or identify them as bucks, anyway) in spring, because [...]

Dirty Face

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What does it say about me that I see (mostly) the beauty in this face, and not the snot and dirt and grit? (Though I must admit I long to wipe that nose.)

Free Range Easter Eggs

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For past Easters, I have been organized enough to buy at least a dozen white eggs from the store for dying, thinking the colorful dyes would show up best on a white backdrop. This year, what with broken-down cars, high fevers, scorpion stings and second-degree burns, it's all been a little more "on the fly," [...]

Happy Earth Day!

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Earlier this week, my son came home from kindergarten and asked if we could start recycling. I almost laughed. We live in an area where there's no curbside recycling. I even asked our private trash collection company, and they said that, though they offered the service, it's not available in our area. There's not even [...]

Sibling Rivalry

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My human baby has gotten wind of my love for the plant babies. My phone rang late yesterday evening -- it was a business call from the West Coast that I needed to take. I talked for a little while, then turned around to find Rory systematically pulling the seedlings out of their pots and [...]

Disbelief

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These days, I treasure the early-morning moments listening to Rory sleep, peaceful little snores emanating from his cuddly little toddler body. I cover his bare legs with the feather quilt, and everything seems calm, and safe, and warm. This scene feeds my worldview of choice, in which we parents can keep our little ones protected [...]

Not Eating Animals

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Thank you to P&G’s Have You Tried This Yet? program and Kroger for sponsoring my writing about trying new things and breaking out of my everyday routine. Click here to find great savings on high-performing P&G products at a Kroger store near you. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which [...]

My Sons, All Grown Up

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I have this vision of my children's future, and, in it, my youngest -- currently a rabid Thomas the Tank Engine aficionado -- is some kind of engineer. Not necessarily a train engineer, but perhaps involved in aerospace or something appropriately futuristic. He revels in the beauty of mechanics and physics and does what he [...]

That Tingling Feeling

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They talked about it for days, and I refused to believe it. So many times, especially here in Texas, it's predicted, but fails to materialize. The weather forecasters get you dreaming of snow angels and snowball fights, but what you get is wet, or just cold. Last Friday, the elements delivered the goods. I walked [...]